Lewis Hamilton shines in Monza wet to break all-time F1 pole record

• Englishman’s 69th pole in 201st start surpasses Michael Schumacher
• Poor day for Sebastian Vettel, with championship leader seventh fastest

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix and in doing so claimed the record number of Formula One pole positions, which he had shared for the past week with Michael Schumacher. Hamilton did so in exceptionally difficult conditions and a after a delay of over two and a half hours, caused by heavy rain at the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza.

Hamilton had the car under him for the conditions and his skill in the wet was once again on display. He was followed by the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in second and third, who exploited the conditions but will not benefit, with both drivers taking grid penalties. The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel struggled, however, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, but will start from fifth and sixth.

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Source: Formula 1

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